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The Leonard Lopate Show

Scientology's True Believers

Friday, March 13, 2015

A new documentary profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, shining a light on how the organization cultivates staunch adherents. 

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On The Media

The Scientologists and the Film Critics

Friday, February 06, 2015

With the debut of the new documentary "Going Clear," the Church of Scientology has a host of new targets for its PR campaign: film critics. 

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On The Media

Threat Assessment

Friday, February 06, 2015

The content of a new ISIS video shocks the world. Also, vaccinating children stokes faux controversy, again, and a new documentary has the Church of Scientology on the offensive.  

On The Media

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief

Friday, February 06, 2015

Following the debut of the film version of his book at Sundance, we revisit an interview with "Going Clear" author Lawrence Wright from 2013.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Inside Scientology

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright descirbes the inner workings of the Church of Scientology. His book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and Prison of Belief is based on more than 200 personal interviews with current and former Scientologists

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Inside Scientology, Looking at David Foster Wallace, Mary Pickford on Film, Temple Grandin on Autism Science

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

On today’s show: We’re re-airing a conversation about the inner workings of the Church of Scientology with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright and a conversation with D. T. Max on how David Foster Wallace has become one of the most influential writers of his generation. Then we’ll take a look at Mary Pickford with film historian Christel Schmidt and piano accompanist Ben Model. And Temple Grandin talks about the latest scientific research about autism and how our understanding of the autism spectrum has grown.

Studio 360

Lawrence Wright: Making Scientology Clear

Friday, February 08, 2013

In the 1950s, pulp fiction author L. Ron Hubbard founded a new religion: Scientology. The story of Hubbard and his church reads like a remarkable work of fiction, but Lawrence Wright tells it straight in Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief ...

Bonus Track: Scientology's Sea Voyage

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On The Media

The Church of Scientology, Facebook Goes Searching, and More

Friday, January 25, 2013

On this week’s On the Media, Lawrence Wright on his in-depth investigation into the Church of Scientology, The Autism Channel, and Facebook's new search feature.

 

On The Media

Blurring the Line Between Advertising and Content

Friday, January 25, 2013

Last week, The Atlantic ran a piece of sponsored content on its website for the Church of Scientology that looked a lot like their standard editorial content. Within 12 hours, the magazine had pulled the article and apologized. Bob talks to digital media management consultant Dorian Benkoil about how the online world is redrawing the line between advertising and editorial — because the alternative may be extinction.

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On The Media

"Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief"

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Church of Scientology has been notoriously unwelcoming of investigation into its inner workings, but Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright has just released a new book that delves deep into the history and practices of the Church.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Lawrence Wright

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New Yorker writer and Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about Going Clear, his book about Scientology. He also told us what he's been reading, listening to and eating. Find out what he's a fan of!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lawrence Wright on Scientology

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright investigates the inner workings of the Church of Scientology in his book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and Prison of Belief.

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The Takeaway

The Rumors and Conspiracy Theories Surrounding "The Master"

Friday, September 14, 2012

It may only be in a small smattering of theatres in New York and L.A. at this point, but “The Master” is already one of the most talked-about movies of the year. Directed and written by P.T. Anderson, the film centers on a character who looks an awful lot like Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest, My Eyeballs Feel Like Boiled Eggs Edition

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss Lawrence Wright’s article “Paul Haggis vs. Scientology” in The New Yorker, FX’s Elmore Leonard-inspired crime series Justified, and the future of marginalia in the age of the e-book.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Wright on Scientology

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Lawrence Wright, staff writer for the New Yorker, author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11and fellow at the Center on Law and Security at the NYU School of Law, discusses his latest article about the Church of Scientology.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Lawrence Wright talks about Paul Haggis and Scientology

Monday, February 07, 2011

Lawrence Wright talks about Paul Haggis and Scientology.

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The Takeaway

What Would Xenu Do? Wikipedia Shuts Site To Scientologists

Friday, May 29, 2009

Wikipedia, the website that calls itself "the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit," has just told one large group of people they can no longer contribute to it. If you're a Scientologist, you're no longer welcome to edit entries on Wikipedia. This policy change came after a number of users with IP addresses associated with the Church of Scientology were making edits that the ten-member Wikipedia arbitration committee decided pushed a Scientology agenda, defying the site's nonpartisan goals. Andrew Lih is the author of the new book The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World's Greatest Encyclopedia and the host of the "Wikipedia Weekly Podcast." He himself is an avid wikipedian.

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